Floods: Emergency funding to fix roads

2012-01-30 20:52

Johannesburg - Emergency funding has been allocated to provinces to fix the worst of the damage to transport infrastructure caused by floods and storms earlier this month, the transport department said on Monday.

The government has a budget of R240m for the country this financial year from the Transport Disaster Management Grant, said  spokesperson Logan Maistry.

"This money is to enable affected provinces to start immediately with the most urgent repairs to their infrastructure," he said, but added that the need far outstripped the funds available.

In a tour of Mpumalanga on Monday, Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele heard that it would cost an estimated R445.7m to repair infrastructure in that province alone.

"Of this, rebuilding of roads and bridges would be the most expensive at an estimated cost of R266m," Maistry said.

Floods and storms swept through Mpumalanga, Limpopo and North West in mid-January.

Accompanying Ndebele on Monday were Mpumalanga Public Works, Roads and Transport MEC Dikeledi Mahlangu and SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli.

"We are going all out to ensure we render all the necessary support and assistance to provinces to ensure that road infrastructure damaged by extreme weather conditions is repaired, " Ndebele said in a statement after his visit.

Technical teams have already been deployed in all three provinces to assess the extent of damage. They are to hand a report to the minister on Friday.

"We want to ensure that all resources of the state are mobilised so that the lives of those affected returns to normal as soon as possible," he said.

In Mpumalanga, five municipalities in the Ehlanzeni district of Mpumalanga have been declared disaster areas.

They are Mbombela, Nkomazi, Umjindi, Thaba Chweu and Bushbuckridge.

  • Cracker - 2012-01-30 21:36

    In this country we seem to have some disposable money and control over it. ANC and other Shyte notwithstanding. We are fortunate. Check the news about the misery in Sudan. The country without commercial farmers. Yet the fools here - although they may not be such fools in their pursuit of personal enrichment - advocate the destruction of commercial farming. All so they can get their little dirty hands on the land which they in any event do not intend to allow anyone else on except themselves. Challenge: Anybody who can substantiate a contrary view, do so.

  • Gavin Lee Barry - 2012-01-30 21:48

    ....and the tender goes too....????

  • Vegi - 2012-01-30 21:50

    Crackerr This topic has nothing to do with lands. It is about floods. Can you please be relevant.

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